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Nadelman’s sales skills help him overcome ‘rocky’ start to Patriot State...

Eric Nadelman has made a career selling storage. The Warwick resident sells IBM’s data software and hardware platforms. In March, he added a side hustle...
HOME OFFICE: Danielle Karsch serves as a virtual assistant for her real estate agent clients, helping to build their digital brand with creative content, drafting newsletters and coaching new hires. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Karsch’s goal is to provide virtual assist for real estate agents

Danielle Karsch did it all as an administrative assistant for her former real estate agents, from marketing to transactions, which led to unrewarding burnout...
SWEET ROLE: Guy Hanuka, foreground, owner of Buns Bakery, in production mode at the Hope & Main commercial kitchen in Warren, makes babka. In the background are Morgan Moats and John Wilda. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Baker rises up in a time of crisis

Launching a business in a pandemic may seem like a leap of faith. But for Guy Hanuka, it was an affirmation of how he...
FACILITATOR: Artist Republik founder Nick Cianfaglione helps independent artists connect and market themselves. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Automated platform allows musicians to market themselves, book shows, engage with...

Nick Cianfaglione found his passion through tragedy. After his dad died of cancer, the then-13-year-old signed up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life....

R.I. sees 105 bankruptcies in August

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island saw 105 bankruptcies in August, an increase from 82 in the same month a year earlier, according to U.S. Bankruptcy...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Bloom Back Flowers owner Angela Rotondo believes being a florist means taking time to get to know your clients to build a personalized bouquet. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Online florist market blooms with unique, personal arrangements

Angela Rotondo wholeheartedly believes that florists should capture the personality of their client in their flower arrangements made for them. Rotondo, the owner of Rhode...
PASSED DOWN: Schantel Maxine Neal uses whole ingredients in her Maxine Baked desserts, just as her grandmother used to do when Neal was growing up. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Just like grandma used to make

Schantel Maxine Neal grew up with a grandmother who baked using whole ingredients, and who created meals and desserts from scratch. Her new business, Maxine...
FULLY INVESTED: After owning several cafes, Kelly Walsh launched Farmstead Refreshments, a zero-waste food truck featuring farm-fresh items, on Block Island in July.  / COURTESY FARMSTEAD REFRESHMENTS

Zero-waste food truck perseveres in pandemic with farm-fresh menu

Kelly Walsh is a serial entrepreneur. After several stints owning cafes on Block Island, the longtime New Shoreham resident set out to create another business....
PUZZLE PIECES: Ocean State Escape owner Leonard Albanese, with daughter Rachel. They are in their Christmas-themed escape room in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Where few escape alone

Cracking codes, translating riddles and finding a way out of hard-to-navigate spaces in just 60 minutes are what draw customers to Johnston’s Ocean State...
SOLID LAUNCH: The Perfect Match Shop owners Justin Skory and ­Cierra Fasulo have sold about 10,000 candles since opening the Warwick business in March. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gifts to draw a smile

Looking for the perfect gift, for someone with a snappy sense of humor? The Perfect Match Shop may have it. Some of the messages on...

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